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posted Friday, February 26, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 09
Othello Village Tiny Houses Volunteer Work Party in Seattle's Rainier Valley on Sunday, February 28
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Othello Village Tiny Houses Volunteer Work Party in Seattle's Rainier Valley on Sunday, February 28

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is hosting an all day volunteer work party on Sunday, February 28, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to set up the new Othello Village encampment at 7544 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. in Seattle's Rainier Valley. Be part of the movement to eliminate homelessness in Seattle! Join a team of volunteers to set up the Othello Tiny House Village and Encampment. No experience required.

The village, when completed, will include tiny houses, tents and community facilities for homeless families, couples, singles and people with pets. The City of Seattle issued a temporary use permit on February 18 and five colorful tiny houses have been built on this site owned by LIHI. Two more tiny houses are being moved in this week.

This is the third sanctioned encampment under the 2015 ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council to provide a safe place for people during the homelessness crisis. The other two encampments are already up and running in Ballard and Interbay.

The Low Income Housing Institute partners with Nickelsville to host the tiny house and tent community. The village will contain 22 tiny houses, 16 tents, a shower pavilion, a kitchen/dining tent, a counseling tent, a community tent, toilet facilities, and a children's play area.

Many organizations and individuals including neighbors have committed to help build or donate to the tiny houses including: Hazel Wolf Middle School, Tulalip Tribes TERO Program, YouthBuild, Wood Technology Center, Seattle Vocational Institute, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal, Renton Technical College, Sawhorse Revolution, I.D. Rotary, Rebuilding Together Seattle, Portable Storage NW, Walsh Construction Co., and Seattle Jaycees. Other groups will soon be confirmed.

The Othello Village is scheduled to open on March 8th and there are many tasks and projects to be completed before then. There is no experience required and this is an all-ages and family-friendly event. Volunteers will be painting, placing insulation, installing plywood, and tiling floors of the tiny houses, setting up tent platforms, setting up a security booth, clearing brush, and cleaning up litter in the neighborhood. We are gladly accepting donations of food and drinks for the volunteers.

Volunteers can work as much or as little time as they have available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers should come prepared for the elements and wear clothes they are willing to get dirty.

Othello Village will provide safe shelter for individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness. Nickelsville, is a self-managed community with residents having to abide by a strict code of conduct including no alcohol, no drugs and no weapons. LIHI will provide social workers and assistance to move the residents into permanent housing.

The village was developed as an innovative crisis response to homelessness by moving people into tiny houses and safe encampments. The City of Seattle is providing operating support.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator Josh Castle at (206) 334-0508 or jcastle@lihi.org. For further information or to donate to the tiny house village go to www.LIHI.org.



NOTE: The city-sanctioned and LIHI-managed safe car lot for homeless persons living in vehicles, located on the site of the former Yankee Diner at 5300 24th Ave. NW, opened last Friday. Placement and case management services at the site, which can accommodate 35 cars, RV campers, and vans, is being done by Compass Housing Alliance's Road to Housing Program. For more information on parking a vehicle at the site, call 206-474-1650.

Courtesy of Low Income Housing Institute

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